Grace abounds in Paul’s letter to the Romans today.
Paul talks about it by continuing to assert that God’s promise is realized through faith, not the law. “For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation. For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace….”
All throughout the New Testament we discover that God’s kingdom is not driven by good business practices, but a practice of love, abundance, and grace.
This is a regular theme of the New Testament that grace supersedes the law, and one that continues to get kick-back from religious leaders in all corners of the Church. It is just too much to think about Love and Grace trumping rules. And yet I see a church that is consumed by laws and condemnation lately. We have a lot of “no’s” for a world that is looking to us for God’s “yes”.
For Paul, the struggle was over circumcision – Gentile versus Jew. Today it is about immigrants and inclusion. Not much has changed. We still struggle over who is in and who is out, because people grab for power. We like the status quo. Actually not much has changed since kindergarten – we are a selfish people who don’t like to share.
Last night’s election results surprised me a bit, but then I looked nationally and my eyes widened even more. And yet as the shock waves of last night’s election continue to be felt around the country, our job as Christians does not change much. We are still faced with the same ol questions:
Are we ready for the radical nature of the Gospel of Love to take over our lives?
Are we ready for God’s new world of Love which means that ALL ARE WELCOME?
Are we ready to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable?
My response comes easy.